The Bruxsa originates from Portuguese Vampire legends. Though it has many of the similarities of the European Vampire there are several unique characteristics of the species.
The Bruxsa, mostly females, were said to have been witches in their mortal lives making them difficult to detect and nearly impossible to kill. Bruxsa are said to have the ability to tolerate sunlight but are at their most powerful state between midnight and 2:00 a.m. Legend states that their powers are a gift from Satan himself. The Bruxsa gather at crossroads once a week (said to be either Tuesday or Friday) to worship their dark master, becoming stronger after every meeting. When at their peak, the Bruxsa is said to have the ability to shift into the form of an animal further enabling them to avoid detection prior to attacking. Some legends state that the Bruxsa takes the form of a large bird when she leaves her lair at night to feed but shifts back into the form of a beautiful woman when she stalks her prey.
There is little that can be done to fend off the Bruxsa. Some say that a particular amulet made of steel or iron will deter her briefly but once the Bruxsa has acquired the scent of her prey, there is little that can be done to protect the intended victim. Historical documents mention that there was an incantation that could be spoken to the beast but throughout time, the spell has been lost.
The Bruxsa though attracted to hunting the male human, has a taste for children as well. Women would protect their children from her in several different ways. Some would sew garlic into the lining of the children’s garments, some would place a pair of scissors beneath the child’s pillow and others would drive iron spikes into the floor around the child’s bed to protect him while he slept. If it was suspected that a Bruxsa was stalking a child, the mother would boil the child’s clothing while stabbing it with with a knife. The Bruxsa was said to feel the pain of the blows. The same tactic was used as revenge for the mother that had lost her child to a Bruxsa. the mother would boil the clothing day after day and stab it in grief until the Bruxsa would come and beg for mercy, mercy that she likely would never receive.
Long ago and far away, indeed is the best of beginnings for this character! Christian, then known as Edward, walked as a mortal during the 12th century. The entire continent had been at war for several generations just prior to his human birth, but peace would soon find the land. Edward, the eldest son of the King would inadvertently fulfill the commands of his father by being betrothed to the Princess of their former enemy, but they did not live happily every after as you will soon find out!
As we know, Vampires have roamed the Earth for over 4000 years, all having been inadvertently placed upon the planet by the hands of God, with the exception of those that fell victim of their own wrath. The original breed of Vampire was said to have originated with Lilith as she bore the offspring of the Nephillim. Edward would now be the first of a new breed due to the fact that his own bloodthirsty actions had been recognized by the Gods above, rendering one Deity to return to Earth and confront him.
Edward having been maddened by grief would defy the Deity by refusing to end his revenge filled and murderous tirade. In turn, the Deity had become enraged with his obstinacy and cursed him. Edward would never again walk within the light, his desire for the blood of those that had wronged him would now be his only sustenance. The Deity cursed him to forever exist, sentencing him to see everyone and everything that he had every loved die and wither away as ashes into the wind.
Edward continued to hold venom and fury within him, the curse would not deter him from avenging the death of Cassandra. He became even more bloodthirsty as he scoured every village and every city to destroy those born of the Sur names found on his list. Edward was now further fueled in his spree, he would now feast upon man, woman and child indiscriminately until his appetite for revenge had been sated.
Centuries had passed, Edward, now known as Christian, had come to terms with his sentence and chose to continue his existence in a more peaceful manner. Known to many during this era as kind and wise, Christian was both confidant and counselor to many Ruler, conqueror and explorer. He would not only organize others like him, he would come to be known as the Father of the Vampire nation by having formed the Parliament that would rule over their kind. Though he was pleased with his own accomplishments, there would always remain within him, an emptiness that longed to be filled. He had held on to the belief that he one day would be reunited with his Cassandra.
One summer, not too long ago, Christian was in council with the Parliament in Grenoble. During his stay, the now centuries old memories of Cassandra began to fall heavy on his heart. Try as he may, he could not shake her from his mind. So distracted was he by her that he would end the conferences and return to his newly acquired plantation estate just outside of New Orleans.
Now completely restored and staffed the old estate shined brightly through the massive oaks that lined the paved drive. Christian had not visited the city since the late 1800′s, he was looking forward to being reacquainted with the old southern charm that had resonated through the area since it’s establishment in the early 1700′s. As he awoke from his first days sleep in his new estate, she was there with him again, only much more vivid than before. Christian would become frustrated and excuse himself from the estate as sunset to seek out his first prey since his return. And this, my friends is where the story of Christian and Adrian begins! Hang on, it’s going to be a hell of a ride!
Both the modern day Bible and the Quran identify Cain as the first son born of Adam and Eve, his brother Abel being the second. Cain was said that have been a cultivator of the land while Abel was a shepherd. One evening Cain selected the finest of his harvest to present to God the Father as an offering. Abel also presented an offering, comprised of the finest calf of his flock and other choice cuts of meat from fatted calves among his herd. God found favor in Abel’s offering and showered praise down upon him, while no praise was given to Cain.
Cain grew jealous of Abel. One day as he and his brother walked out into the fields, Cain murdered his brother with his bare hands. The Earth below swallowed his blood and immediately called out to God, notifying the Father of Abel’s death. After this God said unto Cain, “Where is thou brother Abel?” to which Cain replied, “I do not know: Am I my brothers’ keeper?” After this God said to Cain “What hast thou done?” “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth out to me from the ground” At this God place a curse upon Cain. No longer would the soil of the earth yield healthy crops for him and he would walk the earth as a fugitive and a vagabond. The Hebrew legend states that the ground trembled as Cain received the curse, indicatory of tremors that Cain may have suffered while receiving a mark from God for his sin. In this mark God made and oath that Cain would wander the earth aimlessly and that Cain would have divine protection against premature death, no man could kill Cain.
This is only the beginning of Cain’s tale, though little more mention was made of him in the traditional Bible, other than his acts. From here Cain began to wander the earth until he met up with Lilith. There are two conflicting stories of where the encounter took place; The first states that they met as the Red Sea, the second states that they met while Cain wandered the land of Nod. Lilith sees that he is cold and hungry and welcomes him as she identifies herself as the first wife of Adam. After staying with her for some time, the two of them become lovers. Cain begins to realize that Lilith has powers and magic that he too would like to possess. Lilith hesitates but creates an Awakening Ceremony where she opens herself with a knife and bleeds into a bowl. She gives the bowl to Cain and orders him to drink of her blood. After Cain partakes in her blood he is visited by three angels, each offering an opportunity for him to repent of the murder of his brother. Cain rebukes each opportunity and with each rejection he is cursed. The first curse being a weakness to fire, the second, vulnerability to sunlight and the third would implant a beast like urge within him that would only be quelled by the taste of blood.
Time passed and Cain came to master his new abilities, as he grew stronger he again yearned to wander the earth, thus leaving Lilith behind. Cain was said to have eventually settled in a small agricultural community known as Ubar, inhabited by the children of Seth and ruled by their Kink Enoch; it was here that Cain would become known as the Dark Father.
The villagers were aware of Cain and were familiar with his mark, a short time passed before they began to worship him as they marveled at his powers, King Enoch would relinquish his thrown to Cain who would now rule over the city. A legend exists within the legend: One evening Cain was watching two young lovers amongst his court. So touched by the affections between the two of them, he decided to share his gift of immortality so that they could be in love always. The couple surrendered to his wishes but once they discovered that they could not bare children they became distraught and walked into the sun, thus ending their immortal life and love. Cain was so heartbroken by their actions that he forbade the mention of their names, thus wiping them from history. The former King, Enoch, had begged Cain to introduce him to his powers for decades, now upon his grief of the death of the young lovers, Cain was reluctant to oblige, but the raging beast within him longed for the companionship of others like him. Constant attempts made by Enoch would eventually win Cain over. Cain, in honor of his new vampiric son, declared Ubar to become known as the city of Enoch. Time passed and Enoch began to desire kindred brethren of his own, Cain obliged and created several sons. These sons became leaders of armies, farmers of the land and inventors of great creations. The city of Enoch became a great empire boasting some of the finest crops and modern technologies of it’s time until being destroyed by the great flood.
So, now we have examined both the Lilith and Cain theories, as the commercials say, “But wait! there’s more!” Next we will examine the Judas Theory!